W. Jean Dodds, DVM and Ronald D. Schultz, PhD

 Education and Experience





President Hemopet/Hemolife

Co-Trustee, Rabies Challenge Fund Charitable Trust



§  1964   D.V.M. degree with honors from the Ontario Veterinary College, University of Toronto

§  1965   Research Scientist then Chief, Laboratory of Hematology, Wadsworth Center with the New York State Health Department in Albany. Began comparative studies of animals with inherited and acquired bleeding diseases.   


§  1980 to 1986   Executive Director, New York State Council on Human Blood and Transfusion Services


§  1986 to Present   Established Hemopet, the first nonprofit national blood bank program for animals


§  1965-1986  Member of numerous national and international committees on hematology, animal models of human disease, veterinary medicine, and laboratory animal science:

  Grantee of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NIH) with more than 150 research publications.
   Formerly President of the Scientist's Center for Animal Welfare

   Chairman of the Committee on Veterinary Medical Sciences
   Vice-Chairman of the Institute of Laboratory Animal Resources, National Academy of Sciences.

   1974  Selected as Outstanding Woman Veterinarian of the Year, AVMA Annual Meeting
   1977   Region I Award for Outstanding Service to the Veterinary Profession from the American Animal Hospital Association
   1978 and 1990   Gaines Fido Award as Dogdom's Woman of the Year
   1978  Award of Merit in Recognition of Special Contributions to the Veterinary Profession from the American Anima
l Hospital Association  


§  1984  Awarded the Centennial Medal from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine

§  1987  Elected a distinguished Practitioner of the National Academy of Practice in Veterinary Medicine

§  1994  Holistic Veterinarian of the Year Award from the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association;  Editor of Advances in Veterinary Science and Comparative Medicine for Academic Press; and active member of numerous professional societies


§  Recent Member of the National Research Council/BANR Committee on National Needs for Research in Veterinary Science which released its report in July 2005


§  Present   Expanding Hemopet's range of nonprofit services and educational activities. This animal blood bank program provides canine blood components, blood bank supplies, and related services throughout North America. Hemopet's retired Greyhound blood donors are adopted as pets through the Pet Life-Line arm of the project. On behalf of Hemopet, Dr. Dodds consults in clinical pathology nationally and internationally, and regularly travels to teach animal health care professionals, companion animal fanciers, and pet owners on hematology and blood banking, immunology, endocrinology, nutrition and holistic medicine.


§  Co-Trustee of the Rabies Challenge Fund Charitable Trust, volunteering her time





Ronald D. Schultz, PhD, Professor and Chair of the Department of Pathobiological Sciences

School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Principal Investigator, Rabies Challenge Fund


Board Member 2003 and 2006 AAHA Canine Vaccine Task Force Report and the AAFP Feline Vaccine Task Force that provide guidelines for Canine and Feline Vaccines and Vaccination Programs.

US respresentative of the Vaccine Guidelines Group for the WSAVA Vaccination Guidelines. His research on vaccines serves as the scientific basis of the new guidelines.


§  PhD in Immunology and Veterinary Pathology (1970) from Pennsylvania State University


§  1970 to 1978    Assistant then Associate Professor at NY State College of Veterinary Medicine, James A. Baker Institute, Cornell University


§  Established the first US Veterinary Clinical Immunology Laboratory while at Cornell


§  1978 to 1982   Professor and Director of the Veterinary Clinical Immunology Laboratory that he established in the School of Veterinary Medicine, Auburn University


§  1982 to Present  Professor and Chair of the Department of Pathobiological Sciences, School of Veterinary Medicine, UW-Madison


§  Also: Faculty appointments in the Medical School and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at UW-Madison and visiting professor at several US and International Universities.


§  1988  Winner of the first Distinguished Veterinary Immunologist Award.


§  Has served or serves on numerous Editorial Boards and National and International advisory panels.


§  Served on National Academy of Science panel to review USDA Grants Programs and was recently invited to be a Member of the Assessment Panel to review research programs of the USDA’s Agriculture Research Service Laboratories throughout the US


§  First president of the American Association of Veterinary Immunologists (1980) and has been president of the Conference of Research Workers in Animal Disease. Has trained more than 50 graduate students and post-doctoral fellows since1970.


§  Has published more than 200 papers on the immunology and microbiology of animal disease, clinical immunology and vaccinology, has edited several books and holds multiple patents.


§  Principal Investigator for the Rabies Challenge Fund, volunteering his time